When Hope seems lost, KEEP BUILDING-Part 3
God needs YOU!
Ezekiel 22:30-31 And I searched for a man among them who should BUILD the wall up and STAND in the gap before ME for the LAND.
Luke 4:5-8 KJV “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
God is sovereign and all Powerful, but He has still chosen to work on earth through people, that‟s why we need to RUN TO WIN, we need to keep on BUILDING OUR LIVES IN CHRIST!
That‟s why JESUS of necessity had to be born of a virgin in the Earth as a Person! (Otherwise He could‟ve just sent the Angels to lock satan out)
If God still ran Earth it would never be in the mess it is in, it‟s Because fallen man and satan been given illegitimate authority!
But when you got saved you changed Kingdoms!
Colossians 1:12-14 NKJV “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power (mastery) of darkness (shadiness & obscurity) and conveyed us into the kingdom (realm of His royalty & reign) of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption (fully ransomed or paid for) through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
Proverbs 29:18 MSG “If people can‟t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
But having a vision doesn’t mean that it will instantly appear. God’s as interested in the process of vision as He is in the end result.
1. Timing & Positioning
2. There’s something to address in your life
3. Your Faith is been tested to build your Patience and get you ready for Better!
I Peter 1:6-7 NKJV “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the
revelation of Jesus Christ,”
Continue to be intentional about giving thanks for what you can and praise Him for even the smallest victories!
Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Thanksgiving and Praise, lead to answered Prayer and Breakthroughs!
Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name‟s sake.
God responds to your Faith and has v1-3 to get you prepared for V4 it will happen So he can bring you to v5&6
V4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. V5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Be bold and specific with your Words and refuse to quit or give up your FAITH, Keep Building!
V6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
4. The devil is contending territory, that God is about to give you!
Luke 22:31-32 NKJV “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
When you know you are doing your best, stand in your robe of Righteousness, everything is alright in the Spirit, so quite your soul and rest in His GRACE (how will they finish building and overcome, with Shouts of Grace-Zechariah 4:6)
Acts 28:4-6 NKJV “So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a
long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.”
5. God has something better or different in mind for you (you just haven’t caught it yet)
Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”
Reflection: Learn to Live and Walk in the power of Christ‟s perception of you, how Jesus sees you, let that govern how you think & what you do and even how you allow your feelings to RULE THE MOMENT, that‟s embracing your new identity in Christ and not relying on yourself!
Matthew 8:23-27 NKJV “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marvelled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?””
(Peter walking on the water)
Sometimes when something is wrong, we panic or mis-asses that everything is wrong, but it‟s not-JESUS is still KING and everything will work out just fine, when we TRUST HIM!
At Your Service / Our 5 VALUES
Keep God’s vision before you and just BUILD!
Ps Ray: Don‟t be discouraged and don‟t despair. Do not be afraid, do not lose heart and do not faint, but wait on the Lord. „Abide in the vine and rest in Me. Will I not stretch you; will I not increase you; will I not cause you to soar above the clouds; will I not cause you to soar above circumstances and the wind? Would I ever take you to a place where I could not keep you; would I ever increase you to where I could not sustain you?‟ says the Lord. „Be not fearful or discouraged, but rise up and stand strong in the spirit. Stand steadfast, immovable and cemented in the vine, for the enemy will try and take you out of the vine. The enemy will try and break you from the vine. The enemy wants to cut you from the vine. Stand steadfast in Me. No weapon formed against you will prosper; nothing shall stop you from bearing fruit, for My life will sustain you. Stay strong in the vine‟ says the Lord. Some of you have allowed doubt to drown you and to cloud your eyes. Begin to see yourself increasing and not decreasing. Increase in Him and worship the living God.
I Thessalonians 4:10-12 NKJV “and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”
Again Gods Will is clear He wants you to keep INCREASING (wow, so encouraging)
Leading a “Quite Life” means been stable and consistent, involves been wise about wha to you get involved in (keep your nose out of others business) be led by the Spirit as to who you help and give advice to!
God‟s will for us is peace, and part of building that into your life and maintaining it, is taking responsibility for your STUFF, praying for others but not getting mixed up in other peoples affairs, if the task for advice or help, by all means but be prayerfully wise and circumspect!
Guard against becoming judgemental when others don‟t make the decisions that we would, pray for them remembering Only God truly knows people‟s hearts and motives,
Ask the Lord to correct you of you get off in this area or start wondering about other people and what they are or aren‟t doing, then apologize to the Lord and keep your helmet in place